Lost in America

A Dead-End Journey

By Colby Buzzell
(Harper, Hardcover, 9780061841354, 304pp.)

Publication Date: August 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Colby Buzzell has always been a loner. An autodidact who never went to college, he was dubbed “the voice of a generation” by Robert Kurson for his daring and critically acclaimed book, My War: Killing Time in Iraq. Half a decade later, overwhelmed by the birth of his son and the death of his mother, Buzzell finds himself rudderless. Desperate to escape the constraints of his postwar existence, he packs his things, gets in the car, and, for five months, drives across America—no map, no destination.

In his 1965 Mercury Comet, Buzzell travels through the bowels of a country steeped in economic turmoil and political malaise. With a bottle of whisky in one hand and a pack of cigarettes in the other, he takes us on a tour of big-box stores, grimy gas stations, abandoned warehouses, strip clubs, and flophouses. He captures the distinct voices and vivid stories of a forgotten America—Cheyenne, Omaha, Salt Lake City, Des Moines, Detroit, and San Francisco’s Tenderloin. Buzzell unearths America’s bones in all their beauty and starkness. And like the veterans of Hemingway’s Lost Generation, he struggles to reconcile his wanderlust with his responsibilities as a man and a father.

Lost in America is a stunning account of the ravages of war on one individual. It also reveals deep truths about a more universal journey: the struggle to find our place in the world—without a map.




Praise For Lost in America

“A witty, fearless, sharp-eyed chronicler of America in decline. Buzzell exhibits a Henry Miller-like talent for the memorable character sketch.”
-Kirkus Reviews

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